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Iowa farm alleges Monsanto is monopolizing dicamba-tolerant seed market

By Bree Gonzales | Jul 16, 2018

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (Legal Newsline) – An Iowa farm alleges a biotech company has created a monopolized market of dicamba-tolerant seeds.

Iowa Supreme Court reverses ruling in property owners' case against animal feeding production operators

By Erianne Leatherman | Jul 11, 2018

DES MOINES, Iowa (Legal Newsline) – The Iowa Supreme Court has reversed a summary judgment in a case filed by property owners against animal feeding production operators they allege have damaged their property and quality of life.

Railroads avoid $6B Iowa class action over 2008 flood

By Erianne Leatherman | Jul 10, 2018

DES MOINES, Iowa (Legal Newsline) – The Iowa Supreme Court has upheld a district court ruling that prohibits a group of property owners from suing railways for damages related to a 2008 Iowa flood.

Illinois, Iowa attorneys general encourage FCC to fight Tribune, Sinclair merger

By Marian Johns | Jun 29, 2018

CHICAGO — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in an effort to stop the proposed merger of the Tribune Media Company and Sinclair Broadcasting Group Inc., which she alleges will limit consumer choice and diversity.

Iowa SC affirms public-duty doctrine bars county from liability in auto accident case; Dissent calls it 'confusing'

By Elizabeth Alt | Jun 26, 2018

DES MOINES (Legal Newsline) – The Iowa Supreme Court upheld a district court ruling that the public-duty doctrine barred Humboldt County from liability for the injuries a passenger suffered when a car crashed into a concrete embankment put up by the landowner.

Individuals claim Navient Solutions harassed them with calls over family member's loans

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jun 15, 2018

DES MOINES, Iowa (Legal Newsline) – Two Pennsylvania consumers allege a student loan servicer is unlawfully contacting them regarding a family member's loan.

Iowa attorney general secures $129,855 for consumers allegedly victimized by contractor

By Mark Iandolo | Jun 11, 2018

DES MOINES, Iowa (Legal Newsline) — Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller announced June 1 that Joshua Joseph Auten, owner of Over the Top Construction, will pay $129,855 and comply with several requirements after allegations of making misrepresentations to consumers in violation of the state’s Consumer Fraud Act.

Iowa attorney general condemns federal actions that could harm nursing home patients

By Mark Iandolo | Jun 11, 2018

DES MOINES, Iowa (Legal Newsline) — Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller announced May 31 he has joined a coalition of 16 attorneys general in condemning federal actions that they say will delay enforcement protections for beneficiaries of Medicare and Medicaid who receive care in skilled nursing facilities.

Worker alleges Swap.com failed to warn of mass layoff that affected nearly 200 employees

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Jun 8, 2018

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – A Bolingbrook, Illinois company is alleged to have failed to warn nearly 200 employees in advance of a mass layoff.

John Deere wins case filed by fired manager; Iowa civil rights law can't extend to China

By Elizabeth Alt | May 30, 2018

DES MOINES, Iowa (Legal Newsline) – The Iowa Supreme Court stated that the Iowa Civil Rights Act cannot extend extraterritorially on May 18, granting summary judgment to Deere & Co. in a former manager’s lawsuit claiming civil rights violations under the Iowa Civil Rights Act after he was fired.

Skechers alleges Adidas made improper payments to athletes to use products

By Noddy A. Fernandez | May 18, 2018

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A footwear company is seeking damages from Adidas over allegations it made "illicit' payments to athletes into wearing or endorsing their products.

Lawsuit: Prominent lawyer Watts bashed class actions to recruit farmers at 40% fee in GMO corn litigation

By Record News | May 3, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) – Texas plaintiffs lawyer Mikal Watts is being accused by a colleague and farmers of shady behavior and criticizing the class action mechanism in massive litigation over genetically modified corn sold by Syngenta.

New leadership at the CFPB means state AGs will be more active in financial consumer protection

By Karen Kidd | Apr 10, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Some states will be even more active in financial consumer protection enforcement now that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's new director has made it clear the bureau will stay out of the way, an expert on state attorneys general said during a recent interview.

Monsanto wants Oregon's $100M PCB lawsuit dismissed, says it is 'fundamentally flawed'

By Karen Kidd | Mar 14, 2018

PORTLAND, Ore. (Legal Newsline) – A federal court in Oregon is considering a request by Monsanto to dismiss the State's $100 million PCB lawsuit, saying the State and the private lawyers representing it have failed to make their case.

Freedom of information advocates baffled by state Supreme Court justice's ruling

By John Breslin | Dec 26, 2017

DES MOINES (Legal Newsline) - Freedom of information advocates remain baffled by the decision from a state Supreme Court justice to bar a newspaper from publishing publicly available information.

FDIC's attack on PwC puts judge behind schedule

By Daniel Fisher | Dec 1, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - A federal judge has put a damages trial on hold in the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.’s multibillion-dollar lawsuit against accounting firm PwC over 2009 failure of Colonial Bank Group, saying she was behind schedule on determining the threshold question of liability.

United Airlines moves to dismiss lawsuit over death of soon-to-be world's largest rabbit

By Olivia Olsen | Oct 6, 2017

The airline, which has come under fire several times this calendar year, has moved to dismiss a lawsuit brought against the company over the loss of a rabbit on a transatlantic flight. The rabbit, named Simon, allegedly died during the trip and was cremated by the airline without the owners' authorization.

CenturyLink accused of overcharging Iowa customers

By Wadi Reformado | Aug 23, 2017

DES MOINES, Iowa (Legal Newsline) – Two Iowa residents allege that they were overcharged for services from an internet and telephone company.

Federal government and Iowa, Mississippi and Montana say DuPont-Dow merger violates Clayton Act

By Wadi Reformado | Jun 28, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The federal government and several states are suing The Dow Chemical Company and E.I. Du Pont De Nemours and Company, alleging the proposed merger between the two companies would violate federal law.

Hit by foul ball in dugout, high school baseball player sees verdict overturned

By Dee Thompson | Jun 14, 2017

DES MOINES, Iowa (Legal Newsline) – Six years after getting hit in the head with a foul ball at a high school baseball game, Spencer Ludman’s case was deemed worthy of a new trial by the Iowa Supreme Court on June 2.

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